• Hillsboro Chamber seeks new home as building listed for sale

    The future of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office is uncertain because the building that houses the office is up for sale. Hillsboro mayor Delores Dalke said the building, owned by Russell and Jeanne Groves, was listed for sale with her agency, Real Estate Center, on Sept. 26 and the asking price is $65,000.

  • County may limit airstrip use to club

    Membership in a private club could be required for model airplane enthusiasts to use a paved airstrip on public property at Marion County Lake. County counselor Susan Robson recommended Monday that commissioners require membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics instead of imposing other regulations. While on public property, the airstrip is near private homes and the county airport.

  • Proposed county economic board puts brakes on transition

    On the night a new board was to be sworn in for Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, all five proposed board members declined to be sworn in, saying they wanted another week to think about it. County appointees David Mueller, Chris Hernandez, and Chase Gann, as well as Peabody appointees Mark Whitney and Hannah Bourbon, sat through words of welcome and remarks on the occasion from interim chairman Russell Groves, through a motion to approve the transition to a new board, and listened to interim board member Tammy Ensey review a policy book and informational packet.

  • Mangold complains of jail treatment

    Jail inmate Jonathan L. Mangold has filed a hand-written lawsuit petition seeking $1 million from the county, claiming his treatment in the county jail is “cruel and unusual punishment.” Mangold on Oct. 2 — the same day he was convicted and sentenced on a handful of criminal charges — filed what he called a “Motion of civil lawsuit violation of 14th amendment rights, as well as mistreatment of a confined person, cruel and unusual punishment and treating others with favortism. Being prejudice.”

  • Inmate released for childbirth

    A woman in county jail was released on her own recognizance Monday, but instead of getting to go home, she ended up taken to St. Luke Hospital instead. An ambulance was summoned to the lobby of the sheriff’s office because Daisyanna Latisha Mitchell’s labor contractions were four minutes apart.

  • Cook-off, draws in crowd

    Between chili tasting, a car show and a cornhole tournament, Marion County Park and Lake was hopping Saturday. Chili cooks hawked their culinary skills to eager tasters.


  • Fitness center construction underway

    A new fitness center in Marion will be finished just in time for New Years’ resolutions. Burt and Amy Harshman are building a 50x100 fitness center at 1222 E. Main St. with a plan to open at the start of January.

  • Police mum on early morning chase

    An early-morning pursuit Tuesday involving Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis ended with the chased vehicle crashing about eight miles south of town and the fleeing driver escaping on foot. Mermis confirmed that he was on duty and involved in the chase, but declined to provide any rationale for the out-of-town pursuit, saying the case was still under investigation.

  • Aulne church auction to benefit missions

    Youth recreation, emergency housing, and overseas missions will benefit from “The Big Give,” a dinner and auction Saturday at Aulne United Methodist Church. A 5:30 p.m. pulled pork meal will be followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m.

  • Deer are fall traffic hazard

    Drivers should take special care to watch for deer on the roadway during fall, especially from dusk until morning. Kansas Highway Patrol recorded 125 deer-related accidents in Marion County last year, three of which caused injury to occupants of the car.

  • Rainbow flag called 'graffiti'; Marion High principal retiring

    “Graffiti.” That is what Chuck Seifert, of rural Marion, called a rainbow flag painted on a parking stall at Marion High School when speaking to the Marion-Florence school board Monday.

  • Burglar targets valuables in vehicles

    Reports of theft from automobiles have made their way to social media and Marion police as several townspeople have had their belongings taken in a string of burglaries. “Some things were taken out of some vehicles, like purses and wallets,” Police Chief Tyler Mermis said. “We’re still investigating. We actually have a couple leads.”


  • Vernon Jones

    Services for Vernon H. Jones, Herington, were this morning at St. John Catholic Church in Herington. He died Oct. 4 at the age of 99. Jones was born July 30, 1918 at Herington. He was a farmer.


    Scott Alcorn, Thomas Poppe, Carol Smith



  • Beef travels a long road to get to the table

    How long does it take to produce the meat that consumers buy and eat mostly every day in this country? It’s a long road, taking over two years from the time a cow is bred to when a beef calf is fattened and ready for the packing plant. It also takes a lot of feed, a lot of expense, and a lot of work.

  • New wheat variety is available this fall

    Farmers have begun sowing wheat, but recent rains have slowed it down. According to Jeff Youk, an agronomist for Cooperative Grain and Supply, producers have six varieties to choose from, including a new variety called Zenda.

  • Gardens, chickens, and chores complete school days

    Tossing handfuls of grain, collecting eggs, and eating fresh tomatoes are just a few of the many “chores” performed by Hillsboro Elementary students at the end of school days. Principal Evan Yoder leads kindergarten through fifth grade students to the back of the school, where tubs of recyclable waste collected throughout the day are dumped in bins. Chickens are fed, and their eggs collected by students who harvest fresh garden vegetables before their parents pick them up to go home.

  • Sunflowers a choice for some area farmers

    Sunflowers aren’t the most popular crop choice among area farmers, but the state flower does have devoted growers. Jeff Naysmith, agronomist for Cooperative Grain and Supply, said the co-op sells seeds, but demand for them is far lower than demand for wheat and corn.


  • Eco fiasco

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water .... After almost a year of planning and development, after months of recruiting Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody into the fold, Tuesday was to be the day Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation was to take off with a new nine-member board leading the way.


    Food donors overlooked


  • Longtime area resident named Octoberfest grand marshal

    Maurice Pritz, 82, and his wife, Twila, of rural Lost Springs were grand marshals Saturday in the Lincolnville Octoberfest parade. Pritz is a lifelong resident of the area and has worn many hats including farmer, business owner, technician, and musician.

  • Bredemeier family has reunion

    The 64th annual Bredemeier family reunion was Oct. 1 in the Santa Fe room at Marion City Library. The youngest family member in attendance was Emma Quinones, and the oldest was Carol Peirce.

  • Panzer, Crofoot to wed

    RobertandSherri Charbonneauof Clyde announce the engagement of their daughter, Kodi Panzer, to Brian Crofoot, son of Dave Crofoot of Marion and Cindy Pierce of Mico, Texas. Panzer is a graduate of Kansas State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and owner of Panzer Chiropractic in Hillsboro. Crofoot is the thirdgeneration to work for family-owned Western Associates, Inc. of Marion.

  • Senior center menu


    Tabor students visit

    Marcella Mohn has visitors


  • Wildcats squeak past Trojans 14-13

    Better than 75 percent of Hillsboro’s offense was on the sidelines for the Trojans’ final tune-up before district play Friday at Haven, with do-it-all quarterback Kaden Kleiner nursing a foot injury. With both teams starved for a victory at 1-4, the Wildcats were just the team Hillsboro needed to snap a four-game slide and gain some much needed momentum.

  • Goessel volleyball claims league title

    The Goessel Bluebirds volleyball team captured its eighth consecutive regular season Wheat State League championship in a triangular contest at Hope. Rural Vista, ranked seventh in Class 1A Division I, was the Bluebirds’ biggest test. Goessel was ranked second in 2A.

  • Bluebirds steamroll to first win

    Goessel and Ellinwood avoided severe weather by postponing their football game until Saturday, but the Eagles were powerless to stop a deluge of 10 Goessel touchdowns as the Bluebirds chalked up their first win of the season, 72-38. “When our runners got past the line, they ran well,” center Nathaniel Schmucker said.

  • Out-of-town swim team wants to use Marion pool

    The Sports and Aquatics Center may soon host practices for another school’s swimmers, Marion-Florence superintendent Aaron Homburg told the school board Monday. “I have been contacted by another school, to be nameless, that has a swim team interested in the possibility of using our pool for their practice,” Homburg said.

  • Goessel cross-country takes second

    Dawson Duerksen set the pace as the Goessel boys captured second at a cross-country meet at Harvey County West Park. Dawson took 10th in a time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds. Jerah Schmidt finished 12th, Nate Impson 15th, andNoah Regier 18th.

  • Kansas Honors Program to recognize 15 student

    Fifteen students from Marion County will be among more than 3,600 students recognized this fall at Kansas Honors Program regional ceremonies in Emporia, Wichita, and Salina for their academic excellence and achievement. They are Katrina Basore, Cole Srajer, and Max Svoboda of Centre; Eden Hiebert and Emily Meier of Goessel; Sarah Jost, Callie Meisinger, Samantha Moss, Chloe Pankratz, and Abigail Sechrist of Hillsboro; Bailey Baker, Devin Hamm, Corbin Wheeler, and Colin Williams of Marion; and Bailey Penner of Peabody-Burns.


    Goessel, Hillsboro

    College Degrees and Honors


  • Church concert to feature junkyard percussion

    Egg cartons, flip flops, flower vases, even aerosol sprays can be musical instruments of love and hope, as singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker will show in a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Christian Church of Florence. McVicker began his career collaborating with the late Rich Mullins, a contemporary Christian artist well-known for his worship songs. McVicker is a Dove Award-winning artist who has recorded 11 CDs, played himself in the movie “Ragamuffin,” and performed more than 1,800 concerts in the United States and abroad.

  • MCHS will meet Tuesday

    Marion County Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Members will set priorities, discuss ways to promote membership, and conduct general business.

  • TEEN to meet Oct. 18

    A regular monthly meeting of Technology Excellence in Education Network will be at 6 p.m Oct. 18 at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

  • Tabor to have a Spirit Day for Junior Jays

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission will sponsor Tabor College Spirit Days Oct. 20 and 21. The event is meant to attract children 4 years and older to join Tabor College cheerleaders in cheering on the Bluejays.

  • Water meeting scheduled Thursday

  • Disabilities board to meet Monday

    A board of directors meeting of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will be at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. A public forum will be at the beginning of the meeting.

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